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City of license West Palm Beach, Florida
Branding Newsradio 1290 WJNO
Frequency 1290 kHz
First air date July 31, 1936
Format News/Talk
Power 10,000 Watts (day)
4,900 Watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 1917
Transmitter coordinates 26°45′50″N 80°12′17″W / 26.76389°N 80.20472°W / 26.76389; -80.20472
Callsign meaning unknown, but could refer to Juno Beach, a suburb of West Palm Beach
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Premiere Radio Networks
Miami Dolphins Radio Network
Owner iHeartMedia, Inc.
(Clear Channel Broadcasting Licenses, Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website WJNO.com

WJNO (1290 AM) is a News/Talk radio station in the West Palm Beach market.

Its location links WJNO to two nationally syndicated radio programs: The Rush Limbaugh Show and The Randi Rhodes Show, both shows distributed by Premiere Radio Networks. Rush Limbaugh hosts his show from his home studio in Palm Beach County, but New York City station WABC maintained some of Limbaugh's production staff for several years after Limbaugh moved to Florida.[1][2] From 2008 to 2014, former WJNO local host Randi Rhodes returned to the WJNO studios to originate her syndicated show, after her move from Air America Radio to Nova M Radio.[3][4]


July 31, 1936: — WJNO signed on at 1 p.m. According to the Palm Beach Post, WJNO was originally a CBS affiliate, and it aired everything from classical music to Steve Allen.[5]

September 1943: — pollsters found that 94 percent of all radios in use in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and Lake Worth were tuned to WJNO (1230 AM). At the time, the 7-year-old station was the only signal between Orlando and Miami.[6]

August 13, 1979: — WJNO Program Director, John Picano, moves WJNO to a full-time News station.

1984: — WJNO switches from national syndicated talk shows during the daytime to local hosts. Afternoon host Mike ("Captain Radio") Levine leaves for Tampa and Jack Cole from Boston, at that time 45 years old, takes the slot. Cole referred to himself as the "Inquisitor General" and described his program as coming from "World Headquarters."

September 1984: — Barry Young is hired as midday talk host. According to the Palm Beach Post, Young was a conservative "who believes in nuclear energy, the death penalty and, more often than not, Ronald Reagan. Abortion is repugnant, he says, and a vice-presidential candidate that goes by Ferraro-Zaccaro would be better off as a foreign sports-car." Young was first heard on WJNO in early 1980 - 1982 when he was hosting overnights from Atlanta's WRNG (now WCNN) radio. The program was broadcast on a small number of stations via GN (The Georgia Network) and FN (The Florida Network). Young came to WJNO from WGBS in Miami, where he angered management by leaving. "Barry Young has a valid contract with this radio station," Lee Fowler, WGBS operations manager, said.

1986: According to the Miami Herald, WJNO runs constant local and state news, punctuated by national feeds, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. six days a week. Weekdays, local talk hosts work from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., when a national talk show network takes over. .[6]

April 1987: Barry Young leaves to join the staff of new talk station KFYI Phoenix, Arizona.[7][8] John Broward and John Levitt did the program until late summer.[9] This time there is no question that Young's contract allowed for his move. In Phoenix, Young would later become a founding partner in WestStar TalkRadio Network, a brocast syndication company. WJNO carries programming, such as The Kim Komando Show originated bt WestStar.

1987: Mike Miller from WIOD joins the station.[9]

May 1988: — Jack Cole moves to KFYI Phoenix, Arizona. Cole was hired by former WJNO midday host and then KFYI Program Director, Barry Young.[10] Lee Fowler, formerly of WNWS in Miami, moves into the slot.[11] Geoff Charles and Dick Farrel host the program in his absence.[12]

January 1989: — Miller shifted to 9 a.m. to noon, Fowler moved to noon to 3 p.m., and Geoff Charles moves to the afternoon slot. Syndicated Rush Limbaugh was on the station briefly.[13]

March 1989: — Jack Cole returns from Phoenix.[12]

April 1993: — Miller was fired and replaced with the syndicated G. Gordon Liddy show. Miller returned the following year hosting afternoon drive at WBZT, then moved to Jacksonville and eventually left radio.[14][15]

September 1994: — Randi Rhodes, then 36, is brought in from Miami's WIOD, where she was the evening talk show host. General Manager George Mills said Rhodes would bring a "younger, more aggressive approach" to the station's lineup. "She's very talented. I think she'll be a positive addition," Mills said.[16]

March 1997: — Fairbanks Communications purchased a station at 1040 AM and moved WJNO to that spot on the dial, after more than six decades at 1230, to take advantage of its strong signal strength in southern Palm Beach and Broward counties.[5]

January 2000: — WJNO and WBZT swapped frequencies. WJNO moved to 1290 AM and WBZT moved to 1230 AM. The switch was designed to boost WJNO's signal in all of Palm Beach County but weaken it in Broward and Miami-Dade, where it competed with other Clear Channel properties.[5][17]

January 14, 2000: — Syndicated Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura Schlessinger were added to the station as Rhodes was moved to afternoon drive.[17]

January 14, 2000: — Randi Rhodes moves to afternoons as Jack Cole is fired. Cole said he was informed of the decision about half an hour before he was to begin his regular 3-to-7 p.m. show. The station aired a tape of an old Cole broadcast instead. Operations Director Jim Edwards said WJNO's owner, Clear Channel Communications of San Antonio "has taken the radio station in a new direction and has chosen to end the professional relationship between Jack and WJNO."[17]

November 15, 2000: — Jon Howe leaves WEAT-FM/Sunny 104.3 to join WJNO's Palm Beaches' Morning report. Howe had been co-hosting WEAT's "Champion's of Breakfast Show" with Jennifer Ross, following the untimely passing of that show's host, Kevin Kitchens.

March 2004: — Randi Rhodes moves to New York to join the Air America Radio liberal talk network. Her program continues in syndicated form on WJNO. Later her producer, Tim Allan Walker, exits to WOLL "Kool 105.5."[18][19]

June 2007: — WJNO adds weekend talent Shawn Wasson to host 'The News Junkie.' The show, which currently airs every Saturday from 8 to 10PM, made headlines in September when Wasson interviewed Republican Senator and Presidential candidate John McCain. McCain, referring to the Iranian President's intentions to visit Ground Zero, said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be 'physically restrained if necessary.'[20]

April 2008: — Randi Rhodes returns to WJNO after her dismissal from Air America due to remarks made at a fund-raiser for KKGN deriding Hillary Clinton as a "whore" as part of a comedy routine. Rhodes' show becomes syndicated by Nova M Radio.[21]

February 2009: — Rhodes leaves the airwaves due to a contract dispute with Nova M management. On the show's website, Rhodes vows to find a new home.[22] Shortly afterwords, Nova M liquidates.[23] WJNO sister company Premiere Radio Networks takes over syndication of the show in May 2009.

Current programming[edit]

WJNO has a local morning drive time show that runs from 5 to 9 a.m., The Morning Rush with Jim Edwards and Brian Mudd. That is followed with live presentations of nationally syndicated conservative talk programs The Glenn Beck Program at 9 a.m., The Rush Limbaugh Show at noon, The Sean Hannity Show at 3 p.m. (all three of which are from Premiere Networks), and The Mark Levin Show at 6 p.m. (the only non-Premiere program on the lineup; Levin is carried by Cumulus Media Networks). At 9 p.m. is a one-hour, tape-delayed portion of the self-syndicated Dave Ramsey Show, followed by Premiere's Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis. Overnights (1 to 5 a.m.) have Coast to Coast AM (Premiere Radio Networks). Weekend programming consists of mostly infomercials and lifestyle programming.[24] WJNO also carries local news, traffic, and weather updates and gets news and weather updates from local television station WPTV.


  1. ^ Chafets, Zev (July 6, 2008). "Late-Period Limbaugh". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved January 10, 2013. These days, he mostly broadcasts out of a studio in Palm Beach, Fla., which he calls the Southern Command, and describes on the air as a “heavily fortified bunker.” 
  2. ^ "El Rushbo to New York: Drop Dead". RushLimbaugh.com. March 30, 2009. Retrieved January 10, 2013. ...I go to New York now for hurricane relief, whenever a hurricane hits. No other reason to go there. Well, sometimes I visit the overrated staff... 
  3. ^ "News Radio 1290 WJNO Randi Rhodes Press Release". WJHNO. April 11, 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  4. ^ Passy, Charles (April 14, 2008). "Radio host Rhodes returns to West Palm". Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Eliot Kleinberg (March 29, 2000). "WJNO, Launched in 1936, County's First Radio Station". Palm Beach Post. 
  6. ^ a b Jeffrey Weiss (July 24, 1986). "Good News: WJNO Still Talking It Up". Miami Herald. 
  7. ^ http://www.kfyi.com/pages/barry_young.html?feed=119587&article=359580
  8. ^ Dave Hogerty (April 23, 1987). "So Long, Barry!". Miami Herald. 
  9. ^ a b Glenn Singer (August 15, 1987). "Blue Bloods Divorcing In Palm Beach". Miami Herald. 
  10. ^ Joseph Schwerdt (May 11, 1988). "Radio Talk Host Moving To Phoenix". Palm Beach Post. 
  11. ^ "Ex-Radio Host Joins WJNO". Sun-Sentinel. May 17, 1988. 
  12. ^ a b Tom Jicha (March 22, 1989). "WJNO Shuffling Evening Lineup To Bring Back Talk Host Cole". Sun-Sentinel. 
  13. ^ Tom Jicha (January 6, 1989). "Local Radio Talk Shows Shuffling Their Lineups". Sun-Sentinel. 
  14. ^ Elizabeth Akoi (April 15, 1993). "WJNO, Citing 'Political Balance,' Fires Liberal Talk Host Miller". Palm Beach Post. 
  15. ^ Scott Benarde (September 27, 1993). "The Radio Talk Show Wars". Palm Beach Post. 
  16. ^ Bill Gato (June 29, 1994). "Day Job In View For Randi Rhodes". Miami Herald. 
  17. ^ a b c George Bennett (January 15, 2000). "WJNO Fires Talk Host Cole Half-Hour Before Show". Palm Beach Post. 
  18. ^ Thom Smith (March 3, 2004). "Rhodes Show Still On WJNO". Palm Beach Post. 
  19. ^ Bob Betcher (March 21, 2004). "Radio's Randi Rhodes Expands, Moving To New York". Stuart News. 
  20. ^ "McCain Suggests Physical Force to Prevent Ahmadinejad From Visiting World Trade Center Site - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum". FOXNews.com. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  21. ^ "News radio 1290 WJNO Welcomes Home Randi Rhodes" (Press release). WJNO. April 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  22. ^ "Randi Rhodes". Therandirhodesshow.com. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  23. ^ "Blog - Green 960- Your progressive community". Green 960. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  24. ^ "WJNO Schedule". WJNO. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 

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